Submitted by: Holly Brown
In this Electoral Process lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the requirements to be President of the United States. Students will also investigate the basics of the election process and analyze data collected from a survey.
Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments
- Understand the requirements to be President of the United States
- Understand the basics of the electoral process
- Analyze data collected from survey
- Computer and projector to show BrainPOP resources
- Hand outs (or projected version of) the BrainPOP features you choose to use
- Construction paper
- U.S. map
Preparation:Find a current electoral map that's relevant to your upcoming election. There are many of these available online.
- Pass out and review BrainPOP Vocabulary sheet.
- Show the Presidential Election movie, pausing to take notes and discuss key concepts.
- Go over the 5 W's + H Graphic Organizer chart.
- Homework: Survey 5 people and ask them the top 5 qualities needed to be president of the U.S.
- Graph the survey information the next day in class and compare and contrast data.
- Display an electoral map to further explain the electoral college.
- Have the students complete the Activity.
- Using BrainPOP's Timeline as a model, make a class timeline of when the election events will happen this year. Hang the timeline in classroom and hall.
- Print the Quiz and have students complete independently.
Extension Activity:Have students track the result of the election by state or district and compare the outcomes to the electoral map.
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